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Tapajos: Public consultation? --More of a PR exercise

Published on: Fri Oct 4, 2013
Author: Sue Branford
Tapajos: Public consultation? --More of a PR exercise

Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez in Brazil. Post 8. Jacareacanga, September 30 2013. Main photo: Survival/Leticia Leite/ISA LAB journalists, Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez, arrived on 5 September in the town of Santarém, where the clear waters of the Tapajós meet the mighty Amazon’s muddy waters . Since then they have been looking at the impact on local communities of the big development projects that are being unrolled in the region. This is the last of Sue’s blogs from the region. Rather…

Rio Trombetas: The Last Quilombo

Published on: Sun Sep 29, 2013
Author: Sue Branford
Rio Trombetas: The Last Quilombo

Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez in Brazil. Post 7. Rio Trombetas, September 28 2013. All photos: Sue Branford & Nayana Fernandez The sight of 25 boats, or thereabouts, moored on the banks of the Trombetas river is the first indication that a festa is underway in Jamari. As we arrive, we see high on the river bank a single row of wooden houses with corrugated iron roofs, all built on stilts, so that they won’t get flooded during the rainy season. Jamari is a community of 18 families The festa…

Munduruku people in the Amazon: "Police and armed forces surround our villages"

Published on: Tue Sep 17, 2013
Author: Nayana Fernandez
Munduruku people in the Amazon:

Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez in Brazil. Post 6. Jacareacanga, Pará, September 16 2013. Back in Jacareacanga, Naya has started work on a film documentary about the visit. Two Munduruku warrior women who went to a demonstration at Belo Monte against the dam planned there, filmed at Boca das Tropas. Photo: Nayana Fernandez They said: "The impact of these projects is a very bad thing for us. The government is going ahead with this projects and every day it is more advanced. Every day they're…

Gold Mining: enter the company, and a time bomb...

Published on: Mon Sep 16, 2013
Author: Sue Branford
Gold Mining: enter the company, and a time bomb...

Sue Branford in Brazil. Post 5: São José, Pará, September 12 2013. Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez are still in São José with the Garimpeiros We’re still in São José, a community of garimpeiros beside the River Pacu, a tributary of the River Tapajós (see Post 4). They are in a serious conflict with a mining company called Mineração Ouro Roxo (“it even stole our name”, moaned one garimpeiro). The company arrived in the region a few years ago waving documents which, it said, gave it rights to the…

Gold Mining in the Amazon: Life in a garimpo

Published on: Mon Sep 16, 2013
Author: Sue Branford
Gold Mining in the Amazon: Life in a garimpo

Sue Branford in Brazil. Post 4. São José, Pará, September 10 2013. Sue Branford and Nayana Fernandez, have moved on from Jacareacanga to São José on the river Pacu, a tributary of the Tapajós river. Life in a garimpo I am in a fascinating place. We took a small boat from Jacareacanga down the river Tapajós, then up a tributary to the east, the Pacu, until we reached São José, a currutela (village of garimpeiros – gold-panners). A journey of about four hours. We stepped off the boat and soon found…

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